The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives (MAFC) is taking action on climate change in Tanzania. In line with the National Climate Change Strategy (2013), which calls for all climate-sensitive sectors to develop action plans to implement the Strategy’s strategic interventions, MAFC has prepared the Agriculture Climate Resilience Plan (ACRP) to identify and respond to the most urgent impacts posed by climate variability and climate change to the crop subsector. The ACRP will serve as a roadmap for mainstreaming climate change within current agricultural policies, plans, and practices, as well as identifying gaps were new investments may be needed. It will be the guiding framework for a more comprehensive and consistent approach for confronting one of the major risks to current crop productivity and future investments.
The ACRP presents a wide range of adaptation options including but not limited to improving agricultural land and water management; accelerating uptake of Climate Smart Agriculture; reducing impacts of climate-related shocks through risk management; and strengthening knowledge and systems to target climate action. These would help to integrate resilience in agricultural policy decisions, influence planning processes, and implement investments on the ground. The ACRP is intended to provide Tanzania’s crop agriculture sub-sector and stakeholders with a roadmap for meeting the most urgent challenges of climate change.